I have always wanted to make my own pesto. Today – finally – it happened! And this is how it went down…
You’ll need ━
▪ A food processor or blender (although I’m sure you could whip it up in a mortar-&-pestle). I have a Kenwood triblade.
▪ Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
▪ Pine nuts
▪ Parmesan (Pecorino or Grana Padano)
How it’s done:
Wash and dry your basil. Chop up your garlic. Grate your parmesan. Toast your pine nuts (this is optional)
Notice that I have not given you amounts! I know, I know…but I actually did this free-fall! I grabbed a handful of basil leaves, a handful of pine nuts, grated a handful of pecorino, and used a couple of glugs of EVOO! You can always taste-test along the way :-)
Just be aware of garlic-overload!! You want a sweet hint of delicious garlic not a knock-your-taste-buds-sideways wallop!!
And that’s it!
It was super quick and so easy ━ I definitely recommend you give it a go, and yes I’m talking to you non-Nigellas out there…because I am one of you ;)
Ways with your pesto:
▵Grab your nearest cracker or slice of ciabatta & dip in! Oh, and try it atop a wedge of brie or camembert too – yum!
▵Your batch will last you a couple of days in the fridge so make it work for you by slapping some on a sandwich ━ cheese & tomato, chicken, vegetable or a salad sandwich.
▵ Stir through some pasta for a simple pasta sauce ━ add some parmesan to serve OR more pan-toasted pine nuts for extra oomph!┃For those of you who need some meat with your pasta, stir-fry some chicken and then add your pesto and pasta.
▵ Add it to a quick and easy pea soup!
▵ Drizzle it over a green salad ━ and add a few chunks of feta.
▵ Add a dollop on your lamb cutlets OR
▵ Stir through your mashed potato.
▵ You can also freeze your batch. Fill an ice-cube tray & freeze. Once frozen, remove and store in a ziplock bag, back in the freezer. This should last a couple of months or more! Note: if you choose to freeze your pesto, leave out the cheese – & add it only when you defrost your cubes.
I hope you try it ━ and if you do, link me up so that I can see your work!!
Any other pesto-ideas, please share in the comments below :)
From this side of Sunday to the other end of Monday ━ BIG love to y’all!